Webinar: Lessons Learned: Two Years of Small Grains in the Corn Belt

As part of our Small Grains in the Corn Belt initiative, Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and the Food Lab are asking the questions: Can farmers be profitable when adding a small grain and cover crop to their corn and soy rotation?  What additional sustainability value can be captured by the supply chain? Is it…

Open Source Soil Health Communications Toolkit

In honor of World Soil Day, the Food Lab has created a soil health communications toolkit to help our partners talk to the business relevance of soil health. The toolkit includes: An open source slide deck that connects the importance of soil health to business, identifies best practices and showcases private sector actions. The deck is…

Small Grains in the Corn Belt Newsletter

This month, Sustainable Food Lab launched a monthly Small Grains in the Corn Belt Initiative newsletter. In partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, the goal of this initiative is to establish the right conditions to make small grains work for farmers in the Midwest with the assumption that market demand is necessary to incentivize diversifying…

Business Action on Supply Chain Food Loss & Waste

Global food companies have questions about food loss and waste; the Sustainable Food Lab and Wageningen University & Research want to help them get answers. Through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, we are engaging a number of companies to learn more about the potential for increasing efficiencies in smallholder supply chains by reducing food…

The Three Barriers to Business Sustainability – and how to get through them

Written by Hal Hamilton Sustainability in the business world always begins with quick wins. We increase efficiency with energy, water and fertilizer, for example. Those innovations save money and so are able to scale naturally.  Then it gets harder. Beyond the early steps we face three barriers: Organizational resistance Systemic resistance Internal resistance. To get…

Report Release on Ghana Living Income Benchmark

The Living Income Community of Practice, of which the Food Lab is a founding partner, released a report on the Ghana Living Income Benchmark & Analysis of Income Gaps for Cocoa Growing Regions. The study outlines a roadmap to achieve living incomes for cocoa farmers through a credible, third party analysis. Follow these links to the…

Webinar Series: How to Climate Proof Your Coffee Supply Chain

Like many agricultural crops, coffee is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. How to Climate Proof Your Coffee Supply Chain is an eight part webinar series geared towards coffee suppliers, investors and other industry stakeholders. The Sustainable Food Lab, the USAID Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee (ARC) and Global Coffee Platform have partnered to…

Study Finds Significant Reductions in GHG Emissions Among Egg Farmers: A Cool Farm Tool Case Study

Daniella Malin, our Senior Program Director of Agriculture & Climate, is a co-author of a new study on how to reduce GHG’s in commercial egg production published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. This paper describes work she led with Costco Wholesale using the Cool Farm Tool with the store’s organic egg supply base in…